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We Miss Talented Famous People

By Kia WoodFebruary 11, 2010
Remember when talented was a prerequisite for fame? People had to develop a skill, and then work hard at that skill, and then with time and effort and fate they sometimes actually became famous. Then reality TV happened. It started out slow, first with a curious... More  →
We Miss Talented Famous People

Are You Having Trouble Logging In/Commenting?

By EmmaFebruary 11, 2010
Hi, Sparklers! We've been having some tech problems over the past few days, and we're a little mystified (maybe snow got into the servers?). If you are having trouble logging in, 1. We're so sorry 2. Would you do us a huge favor and email comments@sparknotes.com? You... More  →
Are You Having Trouble Logging In/Commenting?

Awesome Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterFebruary 10, 2010
Wizards meet owls! More specifically, Harry Potter meets Owl City! Do you think the vid below is so clever, adorable, and amazing, or are you ready to set loose a bunch of vintage-looking, fire-spitting, evil robots in Owl City's Minnesota bedroom because you hate... More  →
Awesome Thing of the Week

Cute Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterFebruary 8, 2010
Grizzly bears aren't scary! They're adorable! Unless you're sitting across the dinner table from one and you realize it's gnawing on your dismembered arm. But still, it would be kind of cute. What caption do you give this fuzzy griz? Leave it in the comments! Last week,... More  →
Cute Thing of the Week

The Friday Awards

By Emily WinterFebruary 5, 2010
Dear ConfuzzledMuggle, Us editors would like to respond to your question, "okay, sparknotes editors, if you could have a talking animal, what would it be?" We have chosen a baby sea otter. What would it say? This: I'm only a baby sea otter, but I know... More  →
The Friday Awards

Hanging Out with Jazzy: Simply Awesome YouTube Series

By ContributorFebruary 4, 2010
Jazzy, aka villanous_mwaha, writes 3,409 blog posts per hour, so we're keeping up with her every Thursday on SparkLife! —SparkNotes editors The only thing more entertaining than watching one-off hilarious moments on YouTube is watching hilarious YouTube series. These consist of a number of... More  →
Hanging Out with Jazzy: Simply Awesome YouTube Series

Our Valentine's Day Minisite Is Here!

By Emily WinterFebruary 4, 2010
As this photo illustrates, Valentine's Day is not safe. You could start your Feb. 14 with an innocent, festive lollipop and wind up with dark red warts on your upper lip—warts that'll make your crush say, "If you really love me, baby, you'll set me... More  →
Our Valentine's Day Minisite Is Here!

The Best Ways to Insult SparkLife Writers

By Chelsea DaggerFebruary 4, 2010
Today’s post was inspired by a Sparkler who wrote the following comment under a recently published article: “Wait, really? This was front-paged for...what reason? Protip: next time you wanna post a little joke joke Chelsea [Dagger], alt+f4 gives max funniness instantly. Try it a few... More  →
The Best Ways to Insult SparkLife Writers

Rejected Video SparkNotes

By Emily WinterNovember 9, 2009
We're proud of our new 1984 Video SparkNote, especially considering there were a lot of Video SparkNotes that didn't make the cut. One rejected series was Math Video SparkNotes, a collection that would have included the following: American Pi Four old-looking teenage guys and one... More  →
Rejected Video SparkNotes

What Your SparkNotes Nickname Says About You

By Chelsea DaggerOctober 28, 2009
You’ve all heard the phrase “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In fact, you probably stumbled across it while trying to stab your eyes out with a highlighter during your English-class-enforced reading of Romeo and Juliet. But if names don’t matter,... More  →
What Your SparkNotes Nickname Says About You